Posts tagged with 'business'
Meters for Moto-Taxis
Meters for Moto-Taxis
Two American expats living in Thailand think they’ve found a way to revolutionize the motorcycle taxi industry: Equip the bikes with portable “Moto-Meters.” It seems like a no-brainer, but surprisingly, these meters don’t always exist, especially in such an unregulated industry where ...
Social Entrepreneurship in Hong Kong: Cabs for the Disabled
Social Entrepreneurship in Hong Kong: Cabs for the Disabled
Social Ventures Hong Kong (SVhk) is a startup that seeks to invest capital and provide capacity building and results measuring to social enterprises. The organization is currently working with a project called Diamond Cab – one of a number of ...
Sustainable Transport Moves Center Stage as Brazil’s 2014 World Cup Looms
Sustainable Transport Moves Center Stage as Brazil’s 2014 World Cup Looms
Originally posted on Smart + Connected Communities Institute by Laurence Cruz. Sustainable transport may not be the first thing people associate with Brazil—a country that typically calls up images of soccer, samba and coffee. But that may be about to ...
America's Fastest Growing Form of Transit: The Intercity Bus
America's Fastest Growing Form of Transit: The Intercity Bus
For the third year in a row, “intercity bus service was the fastest growing mode of intercity transportation, outpacing air and rail transportation,” says a report released by DePaul University, called “The Intercity Bus: America’s Fastest Growing Transportation Mode,” by Joseph P. ...
FedEx: "I'm Off to See the Wizard" in Curitiba
FedEx: "I'm Off to See the Wizard" in Curitiba
Brandon Tidwell, the program advisor for philanthropic investments in education and the environment at FedEx Corp., shares his story about a recent trip to Curitiba, Brazil, where he learned about innovations in transportation, like bus rapid transit, that have transformed ...
How Much Money Does Public Transportation Save?
How Much Money Does Public Transportation Save?
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) released its monthly “The Transit Savings Report” detailing how riding public transportation on average saves money. The report found that individuals save $9,515 annually (up by a few hundred dollars from this time last year) ...
Q&A with Dick Alexander: A New Private Sector Path for Mass Transit in New Orleans
Q&A with Dick Alexander: A New Private Sector Path for Mass Transit in New Orleans
This interview is part of a bi-weekly series with sustainable transportation advocates, planners, engineers, journalists, sociologists, and other experts working to shed light on best practices and solutions from across the globe. We welcome your suggestions for future Q&As. Veolia ...
Can Pop Culture Push Sustainable Mobility?
Can Pop Culture Push Sustainable Mobility?
Popular culture shapes our lives in countless ways, both directly and subconsciously.  Since Leave It to Beaver, American popular culture has been deeply rooted in car-centered suburbia.  That may be changing. There was a time when being car-less was tantamount ...
Metro Rail: The Solution for India?
Metro Rail: The Solution for India?
According to Parisar, an environmental organization that works on sustainable development with a focus on urban transport, India is expected to spend 40 billion dollars in metro rail over the next 10 years. The proposed metro rail system for Pune (and ...
Between Urban and Rural: Mobile Slaughterhouses Approved by USDA
Between Urban and Rural: Mobile Slaughterhouses Approved by USDA
The Hudson Valley is the epicenter of innovative ideas around food distribution and agriculture. New York City’s demand for sustainable food is driving much of that change as residents increasingly seek food from organic, small-scale farmers. Innovations like the modular ...
Load-Carrying Bikes Ease the Burden of Delivery
Load-Carrying Bikes Ease the Burden of Delivery
What are your favorite business and public service ideas that use bikes? We’ve profiled several examples, from mobile schools in the slums of India to FedEx Corp.’s electric tricycle delivery service. There are businesses like MetroPedal Power in Boston, which ...
Government by the People: The Importance of Public Engagement
Government by the People: The Importance of Public Engagement
According to a recent report from the National League of Cities, 75% of American cities report an overall worsening of economic conditions and 68% have shelved or canceled capital projects. Cities are hurting and officials are asking “What to do?” ...
Not Your Grandfather's Greyhound: Buses Take Off for Inter-City Travel
Not Your Grandfather's Greyhound: Buses Take Off for Inter-City Travel
Buses are a transportation success story, according to this article in the New York Times. Last year, the story says, bus service increased by 5 percent, and it rose nearly 10 percent in 2008, according to research led by Joseph ...
Recycled Printer Cartridges Pave Bike Path
Recycled Printer Cartridges Pave Bike Path
The next time your printer cartridge runs out of ink at just the wrong moment, remember this story – and recycle it. A new bike path made with Replas recycled plastics – mostly recycled printer cartridges – opened recently in Central Australia, stretching ...
Are VMT and GDP Really Correlated?
Are VMT and GDP Really Correlated?
People tend to drive more when the economy is in better shape.  Research has shown that vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and gross domestic product (GDP) tend to follow the same trends over time (see for example the Federal Highway Administration’s Summary of ...
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